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Library materials for South Asia in the Stanford University Libraries

beginning research

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postcolonial & cultural studies

search for articles and books


Encyclopedia of India Stanford only | AsiaSource | Library of Congress Country Studies | World Bank India home | U.S. State Dept. Background Notes, etc. | C.I.A. World Factbook | Economist: EIU Country Data Stanford only | country profiles via ELDIS | Historical Atlas of South Asia | South Asia Europa | Territories and States of India 2nd ed. 2010 (on order) | Districts of India: gateway

statistics & gis

IndiaStat Stanford only (select IP login) | India infrastructure report (annual) | India Development Report (annual) | Statistics Abstract, India | C.I.A. World Factbook | Sources of comparative International Statistics | Statistical Universe Stanford only | World Bank Data & Statistics | IndiaMap | India State Basemap GIS data | South Asia. London: Europa Publications, Annual

IPUMS (Integrated Public-use Microdata Samples), long known for its archiving of US census microdata, has recently begun a program to do the same for international microdata. unfortunately, India has not yet agreed to participate. However, the Indian Census does sell 2001 microdata samples. Indiastat, World development indicators, SourceOECD, and United Nations common database provide country-level estimates on different statistics. Indiastat Stanford only provides sub-regional estimates. See census products of Maps of India

explore the literature of human rights, development, and ethnic groups

ProPoor NGOs active in South Asia | CAB Direct Stanford only for rural development, tourism as well agriculture | eldis


Times of India online (1836-2001) | Times of India (current 3 months paper edition retained) and India today international in Current Periodicals | Economic and Political Weekly (Bombay) Stanford only | news coverage and wire services: Lexis/Nexis (Fulltext newspapers, including current NYT, and journals) Stanford only | Access World News: India (The Hindu, Times of India) Stanford only | World News Connection Stanford only, a foreign news service from the US Government | The Hindu | Dawn, the Internet edition (Pakistan) | The Daily Mail (Islamabad) and other news from Pakistan | South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922 Stanford only

Indian ejournals and newspapers currrently received by Berkeley's South/Southeast Asia Library. CRL SAMP microfilm collections.

Fulltext in Lexis/Nexis Stanford only

  • Business Today
  • Hindustan Times
  • India Today
  • Mint
  • The Statesman


World biographical information system Stanford only It's subsection Indian Biographical Archive indexes a number of biographical sources, some of which we own. The database can be searched by occupation.


DVDs: search Socrates Combined Search mode for "Everything" Hindi and Green Location "Media-Microtext;" N.B. Search does not work in SearchWorks. About 160 records should be retrieved. Bollywood in Wikipedia;  Film Studies (Quckstart guide); SUL Film & Media Studies; Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies Stanford<br />
 only; Encyclopaedia of Bollywood (2009)

Tibetan etexts 

Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

other internet links


census of India

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GOI Web Directory   -- access to all Indian Government Websites at all levels and from all sectors.

The library licenses IndiaStat , which includes census data from 1991 to the present. IndiaStat home page links to related sites:


If you are not finding what you want in IndiaStat, “Contact us” from their website and choose “Data Query--Members”

Print India national censuses in the Stanford library (some sources have been digitized by Google Books; links from Socrates and SearchWorks for Stanford-owned volumes):

UC Berkeley library has many State-level censuses in print. Search their catalog <>

JSTOR is a good search for articles that may have analyzed Census of India data for different historical questions. For example a  time-trend analysis in the age of marriage is found in S. N. Agarwala, "The Age at Marriage in India," Population Index, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Apr., 1957), pp. 96-107, Stable URL:

Other Government Publications List of the Serial Publications of Foreign Governments, 1815-1931. (Gregory)

GOI Web Directory -- A one-point source to access all Indian Government Websites at all levels and from all sectors.


Colonial Period

Records of the India Office, created in 1859, and its predecessors, also include the records of the Burma Office, from its creation in 1937 to 1948.

India Office Records introduction: Records "The records come from four main sources: the East India Company–1858), the Board of Control (1784–1858), the India Office (1858–1947), and the Burma Office (1937–1948)".

East India Company (253 catalog records) including

Original Papers, Elucidatory of the Claims Preferred by the Officers of the Honourable Company's Army In India. [London]: Published by their authority, 1794.

Great Britain. India Office

British Parliamentary Papers

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980 

National Archives of India

South Asia Archives

Low, D. A, J. C Iltis, and Mary Doreen Wainwright. Government Archives In South Asia: a Guide to National and State Archives In Ceylon, India and Pakistan. London: Cambridge U.P., 1969. [CD2081 .L6 Lane Rm.]

Pearson, J. D, and Mary Doreen Wainwright. A Guide to Manuscripts and Documents In the British Isles Relating to South and South-east Asia. London: Mansell Pub. Ltd., 1989. Supplement to:

Wainwright, Mary Doreen, and Noel Matthews. A Guide to Western Manuscripts and Documents In the British Isles Relating to South and South East Asia. London: Oxford University Press, 1965.


India gazetteers; imperial series, provincial series, district series, a check list and index. Green > Social Sciences Resource Center (Non-circulating) > Z3205 .I58. UCB owns the accompanying microfiche collection Gazetteers of India in the British period [MICROFICHE 35908 guide Newspapers & Microforms]. UCB also has much more extensive holdings than Stanford of print gazetteers; search their web catalog.

Search individual titles or try a keyword search in SearchWorks, e.g., < india district gazetteers > or < Madras gazetteer >

Chaudhuri, Sashi Bhusan. History of the Gazetteers of India. New Delhi: Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, 1964.

Wikipedia contributors, "The Imperial Gazetteer of India," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,

Stanford library holdings also include:

The East Indian gazetteer; containing particular descriptions of the empires, kingdoms, principalities, provinces, cities, towns, districts, fortresses, harbours, rivers, lakes, &c. of Hindostan, and the adjacent countries, India beyond the Ganges, and the Eastern archipelago; together with sketches of the manners, customs, institutions, agriculture, commerce, manufactures, revenues, population, castes, religion, history, &c. of their various inhabitants . . . 1828.

The Imperial Gazetteer. Hunter, William Wilson, Sir. 14 v. London, Trübner & co., 1885-87.

Imperial gazetteer of India ... published under the authoriy of His Majesty's secretary of state for India in council. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1907-1909. 26 v. [First edition, 9 vols., 1881, and 2d edition, 14 vols., 1885-1887, edited by Sir William Wilson Hunter. The present may be considered as a new work, rather than a new edition. cf. General pref. Editor for India, 1902-04, William Stevenson Meyer; 1905-09, Richard Burn; editor in England, James Sutherland Cotton.] Bibliographies at end of chapters.

Imperial gazetteer of India  [South Asia Digital Library, University of Chicagi] New edition, published under the authority of His Majesty's secretary of state for India in council. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1908-1931 [v. 1, 1909]

humanities & social science journals

Most Indian official publications are not included in this list; SUL owns partial runs and isolated volumes of a number of Indian government publications, which should all include India in the author field when searching the catalog. Science, technology, legal, and medical journals are generally not included in this list.

a list in progress

African and Asian Studies. Brill Academic Publishers, 2002

Anthropologist : International Journal of Contemporary and Applied Studies of Man. Delhi: Kamla-Raj Enterprises, 1999.

Asian Biotechnology and Development Review. New Delhi: Research and Information System for the Non-aligned and Other Developing Countries

Asian Affairs. Royal Society for Asian Affairs

Asian Journal of Management Cases. New Delhi [India]: Sage Publications [for] Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Asian Survey. University of California Press

Biblio : a Review of Books. New Delhi: Asia-Pacific Communication Associates, 1995.

Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Business Today. New Delhi: Living Media India Ltd., 1992.

Conservation and Society. New Delhi: Sage Publications

Contemporary South Asia. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Carfax Pub. Co., 1992.

Contributions to South Asian Studies. Delhi: Oxford University Press

Country Finance. New York, NY: Economist Intelligence Unit, 1999.

Country Profile. London, U.K.: The Unit, 2001.

Country Report. London: Economist Intelligence Unit, 2001.

Doing Business In India : Critical Legal Issues for U.s. Companies. New York, NY: Practising Law Institute, 2007.

Eastern Anthropologist. Lucknow: Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society.

Economic and Political Weekly. Bombay.

Gender, Technology and Development. New Delhi: Sage

Global Business Review. New Delhi: Sage Publications

Guide to Indian Periodical Literature. Gurgaon: Indian Documentation Service [etc.]

Himalayan Journal. Delhi: Oxford University Press [etc.]

Himalayan Linguistics. Milwaukee, WI: University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, 2004.

Indian Defence Year Book. New Delhi: Natraj Publishers, 1997.

India: a Reference Annual. [Delhi].

India Development Report. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Indian Historical Quarterly. Delhi, India: Ramanand Vidya Bhawan, 1985

India Infrastructure Report. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Indian historical Review (Sage)

Indian Journal of Biotechnology. New Delhi: National Institute of Science Communication & Information Resources

India Quarterly [1945-1981]

India ... Performance Report. [Washington, D.C.: U.S. Agency for International Development]

India Perspectives. New Delhi: Produced by PTI for the Ministry of External Affairs, 1988.

India Review. London, England: F. Cass

India Today. North American ed. Nanaimo, B.C., Canada: Universal Media Ltd

India Today International. North American special ed. New York: Living Media International Ltd., 2001.

Indian Folklore Research Journal. Chennai: National Folklore Support Centre, 2001.

Indian Journal of Economics & Business : Ijeb. Delhi: Serials Publications, 2002.

Indian Journal of Gender Studies. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1994

Indian Journal of Science and Technology. Chennai, India: Indian Society for Education and Environment

Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Aids. Mumbai: Published for IASSTD & AIDS by Medknow Publications & Media Pvt. Ltd., 2009.

Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. New Delhi: National Institute of Science Communication, 2002.

Indian linguistics

Indian Social and Economic Development. New Delhi: Sage, 1988

International Journal of Asian Studies. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

International Journal of Rural Management. New Delhi, India: Sage Publications, 2005.

Intersections: Gender, History & the Asian Context. Perth, W.A.: Murdoch University, Asian Studies, 1998.

Journal of Asian and African Studies. Brill

Journal of Asian Studies. Association for Asian Studies

Journal of Bhutan Studies =: ʼbrug. Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies

Journal of Creative Communications. New Dehli [India]: Sage Publications India, 2006.

Journal of Entrepreneurship. New Delhi: Sage Publications

Journal of Health Management. New Delhi: Sage Publications

Journal of Health Population and Nutrition. Dhaka, Bangladesh: ICDDR, B: Centre for Health and Population Research, 2000.

Journal of Hindu Studies. [Oxford]: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Journal of Human Values. New Delhi: Sage Publications

Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. [Varanasi, India]: Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2005.

Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research. New Delhi: ICPR, 1983.

Journal of Indian Philosophy. Dordrecht: D. Reidel

Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion. Calcutta, India: Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion, 1996.

Journal of Marketing & Communication : the Journal for Thought Leaders and Change Drivers. New Delhi: NIILM Center for Management Studies, 2005.

Journal of Punjab Studies. Santa Barbara, CA

Journal of South Asian Development. [New Delhi, India]: Sage Publications India, 2006.

Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society. Calcutta, India: The Society, 1966.

Journal of the Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics. New Delhi

Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland.Cambridge University Press for the Royal Asiatic Society

Language In India. Bloomington, MN: M.S. Thirumalai, 2001.

Margin : the Journal of Applied Economic Research. New Delhi: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 2007.

Medieval History Journal: Journal of the Association for the Study of Medieval History. New Delhi: Thousand Oaks

Modern Asian Studies. Cambridge University Press

Online journal of health and allied sciences

Oxford University Papers On India. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Our Nature. Biratnegar, Nepal: Nature Conservation and Health Care Council

Outlook. New Delhi: Hathway Investments Pvt Ltd

Pacific Affairs. University of British Columbia

Pakistan Journal of History and Culture. Islamabad, Pakistan: National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research, 1980.

Pakistan Perspectives. Karachi: Pakistan Study Centre, University of Karachi, 1996.

Psychology and Developing Societies. New Delhi: Sage Publications India

Quarterly Review of Historical Studies. Calcutta: Institute of Historical Studies

Raganet: Electronic Journal of Indian Music & Arts

Sassi Research Report. South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI)

Science, Technology & Society: an International Journal Devoted to the Developing World. New Delhi: Sage Publications

Social Development In Pakistan.

Social Development In Pakistan : Annual Review. Karachi: The Centre, 1998.

South Asia Defence and Strategic Year Book. New Delhi: Panchsheel, 2007.

South Asia Economic Journal. Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies

South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal. Paris: Association pour la recherche sur l'Asie du Sud

South Asia Politics. New Delhi: Rashtriya Jagriti Sansthan

South Asia Research. Sage.

South Asian Studies: Journal of the Society for South Asian Studies. The Society

South Asian Survey : a Journal of the Indian Council for South Asian Cooperation. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1994.

Studies In History. New Delhi: Sage [etc.]

Subaltern Studies. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1982.

The Times of India. New Delhi, India: Times of India. Current issues.

Yearbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1998

Yearbook On India's Foreign Policy. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1985.

more abstracts/indexes


Search Bibliography of Asian Studies for books and articles Stanford<br />
only | Academic Search Premier Stanford only for recent articles | SearchWorks (books in Stanford libraries) | Google Scholar

 Other databases Stanford only available to Stanford users include:

some important publishers and series

search these publishers and series in SearchWorks

publisher websites

Indian publishers on standing order 2012-

Profile: All English-language books beginning with 2012 imprints of the following publishers (with exclusions detailed herein)

Exclusions: Reprints, Textbooks,  Study or training manuals, Children’s books, Professional publications (Business, Law, Medicine)

2/25/2013 Add publications by Leftword and Navayana to future BO-Borderline Cases

cooperation with UC

While UC Berkeley and Stanford have very different South Asia collections in terms of size and scope, nevertheless, coordinated collection development can be mutually beneficial. Based on consultations between Adnan Malik, the South Asia librarian at UC Berkeley, John Rawlings, the South Asia librarian at Stanford and John Eilts, the Middle East librarian at Stanford, the main areas that can be a source of cooperative collecting between the two libraries are:

  1. Non-English European and American publications on South Asia (Estimated LMB* savings in FY09 dollars for both libraries: $1,000 for UCB)
  2. Publications from Afghanistan. (LMB savings for UCB in F09 dollars: $8,000)
  3. Publications from Pakistan (LMB savings for Stanford in F09 dollars: $4,000)

Historically, UC Berkeley has collected extensively on South Asia, especially from the region itself, which has allowed it to build the largest South Asia collection on the West Coast. UC Berkeley collects not only in English and other European languages, but importantly, also in all the main South Asian languages that include Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Telugu, Nepali, Sanskrit, Pali, and Persian among others. Stanford, on the other hand, collects only in English and other European languages and relies on UC Berkeley for its needs in other South Asian languages.

            Therefore, it is proposed that UC Berkeley and Stanford extend cooperation in acquiring publications from Europe and the US While UC Berkeley will continue to collect vernacular publications from South Asia, as well as the bulk of English publications from that region, Stanford will take charge of collecting most of the South Asia related publications produced in Europe and the US in English, French, German and Italian. Stanford will also help UC Berkeley acquire those English publications from the U.K. and U.S. that it cannot afford to get due to budget constraints.

            This area (European and US prints) of cooperation is rather small compared to the scope and cost of vernacular material, and sharing funds to acquire vernacular publications from South Asia deserves further discussion, especially if Stanford’s South Asian academic program grows.

            Be that as it may, there are two segments of South Asian vernacular publications where cooperation is already possible, namely, publications from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Since collection responsibilities are arranged differently on the two campuses, at Stanford responsibility for Afghanistan falls with the Middle East librarian, Mr. John Eilts. Mr. Eilts and Mr. Malik agreed to share the collection effort of acquiring publications from Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially religious publications, by letting UC Berkeley take charge of Pakistan and Stanford handle Afghanistan’s Persian and Pushto publications. As a result, Stanford will cease getting publications from Pakistan and UC Berkeley will reduce its collecting from Afghanistan to a bare minimum, concentrating mostly on serials.

            Finally, it makes sense for both libraries to coordinate their purchase of big ticket items, like microfilm sets of South Asian newpapers, colonial documents, private papers and other rare materials. Funds saved from avoiding duplication can be used more efficiently to expand the holdings of these materials at both libraries.

            These cooperative efforts will help both libraries to ease the current budget crisis. If successful, they can lead to new areas for coordinated collection development. 

Feb 24, 2009

*LMB = library material budget

scope of the Stanford collection

The SUL collection, excepting Buddhist Studies, is comprised primarily of English language books supporting study and teaching: SUL Collection Development Policy for South Asia. Send purchase requests to John Rawlings, Green Library,, 3-3101. The UC Berkeley South/Southeast Asia Library houses an important research collection; Adnan Malik ( is the librarian for the UCB South Asia Collection. Faculty and graduate students should register with the Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP) to borrow Berkeley Library material through the RLCP's document delivery service. Additionally, the University of California / Stanford University Reciprocal Services Program (RSP) provides eligible Stanford users with the same on-site access and borrowing privileges as are accorded their counterparts at each of the U.C. campus general libraries.

Stanford's Center for South Asia including people & courses